Imitate Love and Light
God is love
I John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Walk in love – Ephesians 5:2
God is light
I John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Walk in light – Ephesians 5:8
God is truth
I John 5:6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
Walk in wisdom – Ephesians 5:15
Love (v. 1-7)
Ephesians 5:1-7 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.
I Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Divine (unconditional) love is based upon the one who loves
Satan’s counterfeit love is selfish and driven by greed
Light (v. 8-14)
Ephesians 5:8-14 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
Goodness – our relationship with others
Righteousness – our relationship with God
Truth – our personal integrity
Light reveals God
Light produces fruit
Light exposes sin